Tigers Cruise Past Louisiana-Monroe, 81-60

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Nov. 30, 2006

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Auburn Coach Jeff Lebo

Opening Statement...
"Offensively, that was the best game we played all year. We shot the ball well, we got good looks. We moved the ball, passed the ball well. Three-pointers, you know, we shot 11-for-23. It's a lot different when you go 11-for-23 than when you go 5-for-25. Defensively, I thought we battled them. They struggled with everything and we made it hard to make shots. I thought we had nice balance. We had six guys in double figures and one guy one point away from it. We shot 57 percent and 48 percent from three. We didn't shoot well from the line, but luckily we didn't need to tonight. I was worried about this game tonight. We didn't have much juice today in walkthrough and warm-ups. I thought for the most part we played pretty well."

On the players' excitement about playing Pitt...
"I think that they are excited. This is the first time, after the game, that we talked about it. It will be interesting to see how we react and respond. The sophomores and Frank (Tolbert) know what it was like last year, and how big and strong and physical Pitt is. The other guys have no clue, so it's a great opportunity. I don't know where they are going to be ranked, one, two, some polls three. They are the highest ranked non-conference team we have ever had in here, so I hope we get some excitement. I don't know how our kids will respond to it. We may lose it by warm-ups. This should be a fun game though."

On Josh Dollard making it easier for other players to score...
"Josh is talented. He is passing the ball better this year, he has just got to get in game shape where he can play hard for long periods of time. One thing you notice about Josh is how much bigger he has gotten in a year. He is able to handle some physical banging and knocking in there, and he has just got to get into game shape. He has practiced pretty well but he isn't in game shape yet. He is just another offensive threat for us on the floor. He can shoot the ball. He can shoot a three; he can make a face-up shot. He is a tough guy to handle because he can post and step out a little bit. His knowledge of the game has gotten a little bit better. His balance has gotten a little bit better; you don't see him falling down as much as he did last year. He is getting better.

 

 

On the team bringing Dollard back into the lineup...
"They are handling it pretty good. We are bringing him in off the bench right now. I don't know how long we will do that, but they seem to welcome him. They knew we needed him back. They knew we needed to get him back as quickly as we could because he was going to help our team. There some guys that played a little bit earlier that aren't getting those minutes anymore, but they knew all along that was going to happen."

Rasheem Barrett, #21

On offense...
"We had a little bit of rhythm on offense tonight. It felt good to have that rhythm. It took us a while to get that rhythm going in some of our past games. We just knew that we had to step up. We are playing Pittsburgh soon and we know what we have to do. It starts right here."

On warm-ups before the game...
"I went through the walk through a little late because of my knee. I saw that we were a little flat and I knew that we had to motivate each other to get up. We knew what we had to do tonight and I think we went out there and did it."

On his knee...
"It is good. Yesterday I could barely walk around campus but today I am better, as you can see. The swelling has been going down."

On the upcoming Pittsburgh game...
"It is exciting, but it is also a personal game for us. Last year when we played them as freshmen we didn't know much going in to Pittsburgh. We didn't know what we were getting ourselves into. The way that they beat us left a nasty taste in our mouths. It is more than just excitement. This game is emotional. I tell the freshmen day in and day out that they don't understand. This game is not a background, playground game. This game is 40 minutes of man-on-man pressure defense."

On last year's Pittsburgh game...
"We can use our experiences from last year's game this year. We can look back on our freshmen mistakes. We are going to watch the film from last year and learn from those mistakes this year."

On tonight's game...
"Tonight was all about ball movement. We moved the ball tonight and we played as a team. We shared the juice. That is what Coach Lebo calls it. When we walked out of the locker room that is all he said. Share the juice, share the juice."

Louisiana-Monroe Head Coach Orlando Early

On the game...
"I thought there were some bright spots, some things we need to do better and some things for us to work on. This team misses Brandon Roberts. Jonas (Brown) and Tony Hooper are splitting time at the point. I think they had twelve turnovers between them, six apiece. That's not going to get it done against an SEC team.

On Auburn's 1-3-1 defense...
"After the initial shock of it, I thought we handled it pretty well. They didn't get a lot of steals from it. We just missed shots. "

On playing back-to-back games against SEC opponents...
"I told them after the Alabama game that I thought they had played well. Tonight wasn't as good of a performance. But this is a marathon, so you have to play well every night."

On Louisiana-Monroe's non-conference schedule...
"I tell them they are going to have bigger, stronger, quicker guys guarding them every night. We have one more of these left (at Ole Miss). They are going to help us when we get into our conference schedule."

Louisiana-Monroe Guard Tony Hooper

Comparing Auburn to Alabama...
"From our perspective, they are two pretty good teams. They both play hard and have good defenses. We need to be able to compete in these games to do well in our conference."

On Auburn's shooting...
"They are at home, and they were feeling it tonight. They shot the ball well, and that was a big reason for their success."